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1 Aug 2017

C & K Vocal “Generation” 1976 Supraphon label Yugoslavia Prog Rock

C & K Vocal “Generation” 1976 Supraphon label Yugoslavia Prog Rock

In 1969, long-time collaborators Jiri Cerha and Ladislav Kantor had the idea to get together talented vocalists for a multi-timbered vocal ensemble, and so was born C&K Vocal. At first their style was folk-based and they often participated at folk & country festivals. By 1973 though, with their new concert repertoire, they started exploring rock. The line-up included Lubos Pospisil, Zdena Adamova, Milena Cervena and Helena Arnetova besides the two co-founders. In 1976 they released an English LP called Generation, which was mostly comprised of unique covers of rock artists such as Uriah Heep, Flamengo and Marek Grechuta. The czech version was released a year later containing a considerable number of originals as well. The style was hard prog, quite similar to Flamengo but with voices replacing saxophones and strings/synths replacing hammond. The prog influence was likely brought to the band by guitarist Ota Petrina, who was a co-writer and producer and also the leader of the instrumental segment which included top Czech musicians such as Pavel Fort, Guma Kulhanek, Jan Kubik and Anatoli Kohout. During the late 70s and early 80s the band focused on audio visual programs, combining music with photography, visual arts and film. They also recorded a considerable amount of singles and another English-sung LP Growing Up Time. During the late 80s they recorded two more albums, Balada o zemi (1985) and Causa Krysar (1989), the latter of which had a modernized 80's new wave sound but also abundant symphonic elements. Ladislav Kantor left the ensemble in 1990, but despite this they have still been sporadically active.

The vocal body of C & K Vocal was founded by two long-time comrades Jiří Cerha and Ladislav Kantor (who became the head of the ensemble for two decades) in 1970. In the first period, the band mainly represented folk & country shows, focusing on folk songs and spiritual performances. Also her castings changed at that time, when they settled in 1972: Ladislav Kantor, Jiří Cerha, Luboš Pospíšil, Zdena Adamová, Milena Červená and Helena Arnetová. In the same year, the ensemble received an offer from the Semafor Theater, where it performed (for example, "Bouquets") until 1975.
At the same time, however, in 1973 at the Ateliér theater he first introduced his concert program called Generation, which was far closer to rock than folk. In 1976, the ensemble made the English-sung export LP "Generation", which a year later also appeared in Czech. Both albums included a number of cover-ups (such as Uriah Heep, Flamengo), although Cerha (music) and Kantor (lyrics) also have a significant share in the album. The famous Czech rockers (Ota Petřina, Pavel Fořt, Guma Kulhánek, Jan Kubík, Tolja Kohout and others) took care of the musical accompaniment.
At that time there were other personal changes - while the male trio of singers remained unchanged (Pospíšil's attempts to leave are described elsewhere), there were several shouts on the scene of the singers. Z. Adamová (headed for the jazz-rock Mahagon) and M. Červená left behind and in their places they were replaced by jazzman Jana Koubková or later pop-rocker Petr Janů. Finally, the three remained, which lasted until the second half of the 1980s - Helena Arnetová, Zuzana Hanzlová and Ivan Štréblová.
Since 1978, C & K Vocal has begun to feature audiovisual programs at the Branicke Theater - 1978 Songs for Listening rather than Dance, 1979 Landscape of Body Soul, 1982 Dialogues, and 1983 Ballad for Earth. As he writes in the Encyclopedia of Jazz and Mod. Folk music by publicist František Horáček: "A permanent creative team led by director Vladimír Mertou participated in the programs, which gradually crystallized in a distinctive scenic shape synthesizing modern music with photographs, films, fine arts, poetry and journalism.
In 1978, C & K Vocal collaborated with Extempore, the group of our alternative scene, performing a concert performance of "House No. 112/34", and a year later he participated in the production of Hodina between dog and wolf in Realistic Theater.
In 1981, the ensemble made another export album "Growing Up Time" and from then until the 55th, when the next album "The Ballad of the Earth" was released, made several singles. Among them, Jiří Cerha and Ota Petřina - also as an arranger, producer and head of the accompanying group - contributed to them. Lyrics (unless it was music poems) was written by Ladislav Kantor. In 1983 there was also a tenor change - star Luboš Pospíšil left the solo track and founded his own ensemble 5P, replaced by the blues singer and pianist Jiří "Šlupka" Svěrák in C & K Vocal. Upon his arrival, C & K Vocal earned a lot. By his blues sensation and by the appearance of the "gray wolf", Svěrák was predestined to present lyrics with the theme of lost love or bohemians with a troubled life. In addition, as a brilliant pianist, he swept the audience with his "candy" in the form of greatly sung and played cover versions of old blues hunters. However, in 1987 he was replaced by Jiří Malšovský and Z. Hanzlová singer Hana Horka. The last release of the ensemble was LP "Causa Rat", which was shot in 1988 (released in 1990).
File in his work focused on the more intellectual part of the audience - after all, apart from their own (Kantorových) texts zhudebňoval poems big names of Czech and world poetry (Halas, Kainar, Prévert, Villon). Once F. Horáček Encyclopedia: "Summary of critical assessment of long-term activities of C & K Vocal picked up mainly directness and intransigence on the road in search of new forms of original listeners challenging, contemporary vocal works that file advocated especially in the songs from his own workshop, which excelled in jazz and rock Reading and reading texts on the basis of modern poetry. This method of expression found in the 70s and 80s on the Czech scene sustained response especially among minority receptive intellectually mature audience, refusing commercial offshoot of pop music and the seeker in this type of song forms of communication and deeper experiences ... ... the complicated development of MS. 70s popular music file played an important role in the consistent counterpart of commercial production prošlapávajícího the field of composition, arrangement and interpretation entirely new ways. "To do this, the C & K Vocal bands have been a good reason for creating punk.
Although the director Ladislav Kantor (engaged in politics) left the band at the beginning of the 90's, the band still performs occasionally.
What has been preserved until 1989:....

Line-up / Musicians 

- Jiří Cerha / bass baritone vocal 
- Ladislav Kantor / baritone vocal 
- Lubos Pospísil / tenor vocal 
- Helena Arnetová / alt vocal 
- Zuzana Hanzlová / soprano vocal 
- Ivana Stréblová / alt vocal 

A1 Pilgrim 7:05 
A2 Those On The Border 6:45 
A3 Dockyards, Railroads, Shoes And Hunger 3:45 
B1 Frames Without Pictures 4:10 
B2 Generation  5.10
B3 World, Our World 3:00 
B4 Khorovod 

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